senate Bill S5116

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to freshwater wetlands; repealer

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee


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Feb 24, 2021 referred to environmental conservation

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S5116 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §24-0301 subs 1 - 5, amd En Con L, generally

S5116 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to freshwater wetlands; defines specific classes of wetlands.

S5116 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5116 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5116
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 24, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
 
 AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
   freshwater  wetlands;  and  to  repeal  certain provisions of such law
   relating thereto

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Subdivisions 2, 3 and 7 of section 24-0105 of the environ-
 mental conservation law, as added by chapter 614 of the  laws  of  1975,
 subdivision  7  as  renumbered  by  chapter 654 of the laws of 1977, are
 amended to read as follows:
   2. Considerable acreage of freshwater wetlands in  the  state  of  New
 York  has  been  lost,  despoiled  or  impaired by unregulated draining,
 dredging, filling,  excavating,  building,  pollution  or  other  [acts]
 ACTIVITIES  inconsistent  with  the  natural  uses of such areas. [Other
 freshwater] FRESHWATER wetlands are in jeopardy of being lost, despoiled
 or impaired by such [unrelated  acts]  ACTIVITIES  AND  BECAUSE  OF  THE
 RECENT CURTAILMENT OF FEDERAL WETLAND PROTECTIONS.
   3.  Recurrent  flooding aggravated or caused by the loss of freshwater
 wetlands has serious effects upon  natural  ecosystems.  THE  INCREASING
 SEVERITY  AND  DURATION OF STORM-RELATED FLOODING DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE,
 WHICH HAS CAUSED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PROPERTY DAMAGE  IN  THE  STATE,
 MAKES PROTECTION OF ALL FRESHWATER WETLANDS IN THE STATE OF VITAL IMPOR-
 TANCE.
   7. Any loss of freshwater wetlands deprives the people of the state of
 some  or  all  of  the  many  and  multiple  benefits to be derived from
 wetlands, to wit:
   (a) flood and storm control by the hydrologic absorption  and  storage
 capacity of freshwater wetlands;
   (b)  wildlife  habitat  by  providing  breeding,  nesting  and feeding
 grounds and cover for many forms of wildlife, wildfowl  and  shorebirds,
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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